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Joint damage or disease causes pain and disability for men and women of all ages. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical option that allows Dr. Edward Diao to inspect the inside of the joint and treat the problem. If you’re struggling with joint pain or other related symptoms in Union Square, San Francisco, California, arthroscopy may be the best option for you. Dr. Edward Diao offers arthroscopic treatment for the small joints of the hand, the wrist, the elbow, and the shoulder. Please contact Dr. Edward Diao today to schedule a consultation.




Arthroscopy Q & A


What is arthroscopy?


Arthroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems affecting your joint. During the procedure, Dr. Diao makes a small incision near your joint and inserts a thin tube attached to a video camera. He uses this camera to look at the inside of the joint, which allows him to assess its condition. This camera transmits images of your joint to a screen in the operating room.

If Dr. Diao is performing a procedure during arthroscopy, he may make additional small incisions so he can insert small instruments into the joint.


What are the benefits of arthroscopy?


Arthroscopy offers several benefits to patients, including:

  • Smaller incisions: Arthroscopy uses smaller incisions than other types of joint surgery, which means smaller scars, less bruising, and less pain.

  • Faster recovery: Because arthroscopy is less invasive than other surgical treatment options, the recovery will be faster and easier.

  • Lower cost: Less invasive surgery and less time spent in the hospital means that your surgery may not cost as much.

  • Fewer risks: Arthroscopy doesn’t carry as many risks as more invasive procedures.

When is this procedure appropriate? 


Arthroscopy is appropriate when you have a problem with your joint that requires further investigation. For example, if you’ve already had X-rays and other imaging studies but Dr. Diao still needs more information about your condition, he may recommend an arthroscopy. Arthroscopy may also be appropriate if you have a problem with your joint that requires surgical treatment and you want to avoid a more invasive procedure.

Dr. Diao can use arthroscopy to treat a variety of conditions in your joint, including:

  • Scarring

  • Torn ligaments

  • Joint infections

  • Inflamed joint linings

  • Damaged cartilage

Selected nerve compression conditions (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome.)

Arthroscopy isn’t right for every patient. If you’re interested in this procedure, Dr. Diao can explain the benefits and risks in detail so you can make the right choice.

What are the risks of arthroscopy?


Like all surgical procedures, arthroscopy does pose some risks to the patient. If you choose to undergo this procedure, there’s a small risk that you’ll have a bad reaction to the anesthesia. Other risks of arthroscopy include excessive bleeding, blood clots, and infection at the surgical site.





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